How should I feel after an extraction

  • Replace the gauze as it soaks through (about every 30 minutes) by folding or rolling a new piece and placing it over the extraction site. Repeat as necessary until the bleeding stops.
  • Limit strenuous activity for at least 24 hours.
  • If swelling is anticipated, you can apply ice wrapped in a towel to your face near the affected area in 20-minute intervals.
  • Maintain a calm environment in your mout h to facilitate healing. Do not swish vigorously, suck through a straw, distur b the blood clot wi th your tongue or a toothpick, etc.
  • Refrain from smoking. Not only can the suction dislodge th e blood clot, smoking also constricts your blood vessels, which makes it difficult for the healing cells to reach the extraction site.
  • After the extraction, drink lots of liquids and eat softer foods. Avoid very hot liquids. After a couple days, you ca n reintroduce other foods as you feel comfortable.
  • Do not brush your teeth next to the heali ng tooth socket for th e rest of the day. You should, however, clean the rest of your mouth thoroughly. Fewer bacteria in your mouth leads to a cleaner mouth a nd faster healing. When you’re done brushing, very gently rinse your mouth with water. Avoid swishing vigorously. The day after the extraction, you can swish with warm salt water after meals to help keep the area clean.
  • Sometimes the blood clot breaks down prem aturely. This can lead to a dry socket. Most patients describe this as a throbbing sensation that gets worse instead of getting better. Sometimes a dressi ng can be placed in the socket to help it to feel better while it’s healing.
  • Sometimes your jaw may be sore after recei ving local anesthetic. If this is the case, over the counter Ibuprophe n oftentimes works well.